Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Last night I dreamt that God wanted me to build a boat. Not just any boat. I had to build an ark! Like Noah. Then I woke up. I realized it’s still raining and that maybe I’m going a little nuts. Having an Evan Almighty kind of a month!

Nothing nutty though about this cake. I’m sure you all have had this before, maybe even make it yourselves. This post however is then for those of you who have never tried Chocolate Eclair Cake. You need this in your life. Just like you need an umbrella that doesn’t flip inside out while walking outside.

So, go, run in the rain and get what you need to make this today!! Tonight for dessert you will thank me. Unfortunately I have been eating too much of this kind of treat, and not doing enough of the running. I keep telling myself though that when the weather changes (to sunny) then I will change too. Hahahaha. I laugh. In the meantime, I will be spending my day baking up some more donuts, because I can and I want to!

Chocolate Eclair Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 box honey graham crackers (14.4 oz)
  • 2 pkg (3.4 oz each) instant french vanilla pudding
  • 2½ cup milk
  • 12 oz cool whip

For the Frosting:

  • 2 oz. melted unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  1. Mix pudding with milk. Fold in cool whip. Layer in a 13x9 dish: graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers.
  2. At this point, you can cheat and top with canned milk chocolate frosting. Or you can go that extra mile and show your family you care and make the good stuff. You won't regreat going the extra mile, it's worth it, trust me. But, I wouldn't judge you. I've used canned too. When I'm impatient. Or lazy. Or just having a regular Monday.
  3. But on the good days, this is how you make the chocolate frosting. Mix the melted baking chocolate with corn syrup. Add vanilla, melted butter, milk and powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined. Frost the top layer of graham crackers. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


Classic "no bake" Chocolate Eclair Cake. This is our family's favorite dessert! So easy, so delicious.

29 Responses to “Chocolate Eclair Cake”

  1. posted Apr 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Looks lip smackin’ good!

  2. posted Apr 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    This looks great and I like how its not as time consuming as an eclair, but probably tastes as good or even better!

  3. Anonymous
    posted May 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    OMG! Now I have to go to the store and buy the ingredients for this! I can’t wait till we have it for all our summer bbq’s!!!!!
    YUM! Love your blog, Aimee!!

    Aunt Sandy

  4. posted May 2, 2011 at 3:58 am

    We make a dessert similar to this a whole lot, especially since it’s so easy to whip together. Love it!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! :)

  5. posted May 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This looks so tasty! I happen to LOVE eclairs!!
    You have a great blog here–Keep up the good recipes!

  6. posted May 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    @Sinful Sundays- very easy, quite tasty :)
    @ Aunt Sandy- invite me over when you make them!! I’ll try to make it out!
    @ walking by faith- they really are easy! I’ve seen a few variations, but all look good.
    @ Leslie- thanks for the kind words!

  7. posted May 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Bless you for sharing this!

  8. posted May 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

  9. posted May 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

    One of my favorites! So creamy and delicious…. you can’t stop! I just came across your site and look forward to cooking some of your lovely recipes. Thank you.

  10. Anonymous
    posted May 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened baking chocolate?

  11. posted May 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    @ anonymous, thank you! I just clarified that recipe. I use unsweetened baking chocolate. Enjoy!

  12. posted Jun 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Mmm, I’ve had this cake before and love how easy it is to make. I think I like it even better than the real chocolate eclairs.

  13. posted Jun 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Hey!! We are sponsoring a milk Linky party!! We would love for you to go link up your recipe!!

  14. posted Jul 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    yum!!! I haven’t had this in years and now I seriously want to head to the store for the ingredients!!!

  15. posted Jul 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Ok, so I couldn’t resist! :) I made this for the holiday weekend and YUM!!! Posted about it on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. lisa
    posted Apr 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    do you crunch up the crackers or just lay them in dish?

    • posted Apr 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Just lay them in the dish whole. If they break in half or fourths don’t worry about it though.

  17. Melissa
    posted Apr 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve been making this for years and it’s always a hit. I do make it a day or too ahead of time to make sure that the graham crackers have time to get soft.

  18. PatBlairCovey
    posted Apr 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    love to see more

  19. Suzanne
    posted Apr 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Yet again looks lovely but full of stuff we’ve never seen in the shops here in UK :(

  20. Cheryl
    posted Apr 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    To make this even easier I buy store bought frosting. Put it in the microwave for a minute until it melts and pour it over the top and refrigerate. It’s perfect.

  21. posted Jun 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Sign me up.

  22. Flavia
    posted Dec 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Just wondering if it would turn out good if i pour some coffee over the graham crackers. i’m afraid the crackers could fall apart.

    • posted Dec 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I saw you mention this on facebook. I would be afraid that it would get too soggy. You could replace 1/4 cup of the milk with strong brewed coffee instead and that should work!

  23. posted Jan 17, 2014 at 1:58 am

    How could I make vanilla pudding at home?

    posted May 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve been making this for over 40 years. My son asks for it every year for his birthday. He likes it made exactly like this. For my husband & I, I add sliced bananas on top of both layers of graham crackers (before pudding mix). After trying the bananas (use about 1 1/2 per layer), you won’t go back. This is then called “Banana Chocolate Eclair Cake”. I also agree the homemade frosting is better.

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  26. Sandra
    posted Jan 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    We don’t have honey graham crackers here in Portugal . Can I use regular graham crackers? Or what could I use instead of the honey graham crackers?

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